Pan Bagnat (with Salmon and Leek)

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When it comes to food preparation in the Summer months, when the children are around, I need it to fit two criteria. Firstly, for me it has to be about making food ahead – more fun all round – and secondly enjoying food that will ‘travel’. I am thinking days out, picnics and trips to the beach. You get my drift. You want something satisfying and relatively mess free. This Pan Bagnat ‘ticks all the boxes’. [Read more…]

Four Fruit Kringle

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If you follow this blog regularly you will know that I have a real soft spot for sweet dough – mixing, proving, baking and of course, consuming.  In my mind, there is nothing better than a freshly baked pastry and your favourite hot drink. [Read more…]

Focaccia with Blue Cheese & Parma Ham

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Happy New Year folks!

So here we are in January again, the month of starting new resolutions, adopting ‘out with the old, in with the new’ philosophies and commencing new eating and exercise regimes. So yes, privately this is my mantra, and I am enjoying fresh green juices in the morning. However, publicly, I am urging you to try this delicious Focaccia with Blue Cheese and Parma Ham. [Read more…]

Just Sourdough Bread

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When I say ‘Just’ Sourdough Bread in this context, I mean it as a compliment. There is something hugely satisfying about baking something with a simple list of ingredients that has such depth of flavour, a fabulous crunchy crust with a chewy middle and is wonderfully wholesome to boot. No fancy ingredients or fillings required, ‘Just’ Sourdough… [Read more…]

A Sourdough Starter…

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I have wanted to make ‘artisan’ baked goods for a long time now. The staple of any decent Artisan bakery being the sourdough bread, in my opinion. [Read more…]

Chai Spiced Rolls

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Do you ever get nostalgic over a particular food, or flavour? By this I mean, you remember when you first sampled a new flavour, dish, or bake and any subsequent enjoyment takes you back to the exact time and place you first enjoyed it. [Read more…]

Seeded Wholemeal Bread Fingers

breadfingers-1The good news is school is out for the kids – Yay! The not-so-good news is they are constantly hungry…

Trust me there is no lack of food in this house and the oven is on more often than not, but these kids are growing and I need to keep up!

Okay, so this is not the prettiest of bakes but these Seeded Wholemeal Bread Fingers are my solution to a  wholesome, straightforward, satisfying snack. [Read more…]

Bialys

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‘Once upon a time a twenty-something British girl lived and worked in New York City. This was a long time ago, before the word ‘blogging’ had even entered the dictionary. She worked hard and enjoyed all the city had to offer – the wonderful museums, theatre, culture and shopping. Indeed, she made a great attempt to sample many of the City’s restaurants and bars by working her way through the latest NYC Zagat’s guides. [Read more…]

Cardamom Hot Cross Buns

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Baking Hot Cross Buns every Easter Week has become a bit of a tradition in our house. For the past 6 years I have baked these buns with reasonable success. Initially, I used my trusted bread machine to provide the family with yeasted goods, to great effect, I might add.

However, with my increased baking confidence, for the past two years I have baked without the aid of a machine and used Paul Hollywood’s Hot Cross Bun recipe.  It is very straightforward and this year I have decided to adapt it to incorporate one of our family’s favourite spices – Cardamom.

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